Google’s artsy AI composes its first song

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Last month, Google revealed its Magenta artificial intelligence project, which is dedicated to developing AI that are capable of creating various types of art, including music. The company gave a brief demonstration of its new program in action during Moogfest 2016, and now Google has released the first complete song created almost entirely by the AI.

Researchers provided just four musical notes, which the AI then expanded into a 90 second composition. The music is a bit repetitive, but it still shows impressive work for an artificial intelligence, especially given the early stage of its development.

Along with the release of the new song, Google also elaborated on its goals with the Magenta project in a new blog post.

“Magenta has two goals,” Magenta research scientist Douglas Eck wrote in the post. “First, it’s a research project to advance the state of the art in machine intelligence for music and art generation. Machine learning has already been used extensively to understand content, as in speech recognition or translation. With Magenta, we want to explore the other side—developing algorithms that can learn how to generate art and music, potentially creating compelling and artistic content on their own.”

“Second, Magenta is an attempt to build a community of artists, coders and machine learning researchers. The core Magenta team will build open-source infrastructure around TensorFlow for making art and music. We’ll start with audio and video support, tools for working with formats like MIDI, and platforms that help artists connect to machine learning models. For example, we want to make it super simple to play music along with a Magenta performance model.”

You can listen to Magenta’s full song below, or you can download it here (right-click and choose “Save link as…”):

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